Detroit is where future mobility innovations meet the pavement. With the largest concentration of the world’s top automotive and technology executives, designers, engineers, and thought leaders, the North American International Auto Show serves as the global stage for companies to debut brand-defining vehicles and industry-shaping announcements.
NAIAS is incomparable in the industry. A showcase of The Gallery, an ultra-luxury automotive event, AutoMobili-D, an inside look at future mobility platforms, Press Preview, Industry Preview, Charity Preview and then concluding with a nine-day Public Show.
One of the highlights for the Ford Motor Company is the 2020 Explorer ST. A 400-hp family hauler based on the new, sixth-generation Explorer. The Explorer is all new for the 2020 model year. It rides on a new rear-wheel drive platform shared with the new Lincoln Aviator, and Ford developed it with an ST variant in mind from the outset. The Explorer ST gets the company's 3.0-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6, which makes 400 hp, 415 lb-ft of torque and 10-speed transmission. Sharing the same base engine as the Aviator.
Another one joining the Explorer family is the 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid. The first hybrid vehicle Ford has produced in the last 6 years but certainly not the last as the need for more eco-friendly vehicles arises. In the Explorer Limited Hybrid, the 3.3-liter V-6 hybrid produces 318 hp and 336 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a 10-speed modular hybrid transmission. The liquid-cooled battery pack resides under the floor beneath the front seat and second-row footwell on the passenger side. Its capacity is just 1.5 kW-hr, which it can deliver at a max rate of 35 kW.
The most-awaited 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 also made its debut in the Detroit Auto Show. Ford promises it'll make over 700-hp thanks to a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 based on the GT350's engine. The suspension geometry is revised and has lighter springs and standard magnetorheological shocks. Two-piece 16.5-inch rotors sit up front and are gripped by six-piston calipers, while the rears make do with four-piston calipers. The front end of the car is made more aggressive with wider fenders and a grille that allows 50 percent more airflow. The fiberglass hood has a huge vent for extra cooling and reducing lift.
An exciting lineup is ahead of new vehicles are ahead of us and we all can’t wait for it to land on Edmonton. We got to see what’s ahead of us. Head on to our Facebook and Instagram page to see more of the vehicles that Ford Motor Company plans to release this year!